ICTSI’s Basra Gateway achieves 4 million TEU record

BGT reaches 4M-TEU milestone

Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) operation at the Port of Umm Qasr in Iraq, has handled four million TEU after nine years of operation in the country’s busiest port.

The record volume was achieved during the recent unloading operation on the Yang Ming vessel YM MUTUALITY.

BGT is the only terminal in Iraq to have handled four million TEU.

ICTSI has invested more than $300 million to modernise and expand the multipurpose terminal.

The investment covers the construction of three new berths, rehabilitation of three existing berths, acquisition of new port equipment including post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, all of which has helped BGT consolidate its position in the market.

Currently, BGT is capable of efficiently handling 14,000-TEU container vessels.

READ: ICTSI Q1 throughput nears 10 per cent increase

“We are thrilled to achieve this significant milestone, which is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and expertise of our team who have consistently delivered exceptional service to our customers,” said Romeo Salvador, BGT Chief Executive Officer.

He adds: “We are proud to be the leading player in the Umm Qasr port, and will continue to invest in our people, services and port infrastructure as part of our unwavering commitment to the development of Iraq’s port industry.”

This announcement comes two weeks after Motukea International Terminal (MIT), a unit of ICTSI at Port Moresby, handled Papua New Guinea’s first international gearless vessel.

More recently, Kribi Multipurpose Terminal (KMT), ICTSI’s operation in Cameroon, recorded an increase in productivity after introducing eco hoppers in its operations earlier this year.

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